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9 Omni-Channel Logistics Challenges Facing Your Supply Chain

Omni-channel logistics is all about providing consumers with a seamless shopping experience and is only attainable when businesses leverage their ecommerce capabilities with running both a brick-and-mortar storefront and distribution center network.

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Omni-channel logistics is all about providing consumers with a seamless shopping experience and is only attainable when businesses leverage their ecommerce capabilities with running both a brick-and-mortar storefront and distribution center network.

The material handling industry is in the middle of a historic digital transformation from manual to automated processes in distribution center (DC) and fulfillment operations.

The key to meeting and exceeding inventory efficiency across multiple channels is to improve your company’s omni-channel fulfillment performance, starting with inventory visibility.

To address e-commerce and omni-channel challenges, many retailers are turning to automation, software and mobile computing solutions to find balance in their distribution channels.

More companies are actively investing in an omnichannel retail strategy by realigning business goals and processes with the need to provide a seamless customer experience.

This white paper is a must read for those shippers of larger freight and surface freight who are wanting to open channels, such as direct to consumer by using e-commerce, beyond traditional ones.

The days of an ecommerce-dedicated warehouse are over, and warehouse managers must understand the necessity of new systems and processes to create omnichannel warehouses.

Walmart has announced it has acquired plus-size apparel retailer Eloquii Design Inc. for an undisclosed amount, the brand is the latest digitally native retailer that Walmart has acquired in recent years.

Today, more than half of the nation’s 140 retail chains in the top 500 offer omnichannel shipping and pickup options, and 72.1 percent of retail chains offer in-store returns of merchandise purchased online.

LEGACY Supply Chain Services and Adrian Gonzalez, president of Adelante SCM, have released the findings from their 2018 research study on inventory management trends within omni-channel logistics, and it's extremely interesting.

Predictive analytics with omnichannel supply chain management make up one of the most in-demand topics in modern supply chain management, but it only functions when a thorough, integrated process for data collection, identification, and analysis exists.

Based on data collected from nearly 100 companies actively engaged in retail, manufacturing and logistics services, this research paper has provided several valuable insights ranging from current challenges & best practices, characteristics of companies considered high performers, and opportunities for improvement from companies lower on the omni-channel performance curve.

In today’s connected commerce world, consumers are demanding more convenient fulfillment options and as the shopper experiences get more complex, there is a need to profitably optimize inventory management for omnichannel.

The rules for success in e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment are still being written, however, you can minimize the risks and costs of scaling your operations, and get to market faster, by leveraging your existing network, resources, and relationships to their fullest potential.

Download the white paper and learn why Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization alone is no longer enough and how Omni Inventory Optimization, designed specifically for complex omnichannel programs to effectively manage inventory across your network, can help ensure your inventory is in the right place at the right time to meet customer demand.